The ecology conscious Paris Zoo, Parc Zoologique de Paris in French, is a top attraction for families in the City of Lights. Some may be disappointed by the fact that animals are not always visible, but that it in their own interest. Paris for kids.
Paris Zoo, officially Parc Zoologique de Paris, is located in Bois de Vincennes on the Eastern side of the city. It is divided into five geographical zones where over 1000 animals live in their original environment: Sahel, Patagonia, Europe, Amazonia and Madagascar. The most visible attraction is the 65 meters grand rocher, a rocky hill closed to visitors.
The Parc Zoologique de Paris is open all year round:
* Summer opening times - 1 May to 31 August 2016: 9.30am to 8.30pm every day
* Between seasons - 1 September to 29 October 2016: 9.30am to 6pm weekdays and 9.30am to 7.30pm weekends, public holidays, and French school holidays
* Winter opening times - from 30 October 2016: 10.00am to 5.00pm every day except Tuesdays – closed every Tuesday apart from school holidays and public holidays
Combine the visit of Paris Zoo with a visit of the large and pleasant Bois de Vincennes, its medieval castle and chapel, lakes, hiking trails and cycling lanes.
Adult ticket: 22 euros. Child ticket (3 to 11): 14 euros.
Paris metro: Paris Zoo is a 10' walk away from Porte Doree metro station on line 8. The address of the Paris Zoo is:
Parc Zoologique de Paris
53 avenue de Saint-Maurice 75012 Paris
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In 1793 the Jardin des Plantes, which was originally a botanical garden, became the first public zoo in France. Check Museum Paris. The compact 6.5 hectare (16-acre) area, with formal 18th century landscaping, was retained when the Jardin was renovated between 1918 and 1939. It holds some 1,100 specimens, including the rare Przewalski’s horse. The zoo has had excellent success breeding this and other species.
In 1934, de Vincennes the Parc Zoologique, a modern 15 hectare (37 acre) zoo with spacious natural habitat surroundings, was opened in a wooded area, the Bois de Vincennes. Its landmark was the Grand Rocher, a 65 metre high artificial mountain with winding paths for wild sheep.
The zoo has more than 1,000 specimens of nearly 225 species. It has had notable success in breeding okapis and giraffes, and it houses more than 80 species of birds and many mammals, including the rare Eld’s deer, for which the zoo maintains the international studbook.
We advise you to visit Thoiry Safari Paris near the city as an entertaining complement to Paris Zoo.
In Thoiry, girafes, elephants, lions in liberty amaze children. Tigers can be seen from a glass tunnel.
In the city, you can also visit the Jardin d'acclimatation, a lovely amusement park with a small zoo for kids.
See our suggestions of attractions in Paris for kids.